Our Physical Therapy Team
Dr. Mark Kevern
PT, DPT, SCS
Dr. Kevern earned his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2004. He has extensive clinical expertise in treating a wide variety of patients from professional baseball, soccer, and tennis athletes to senior patients for joint replacement and fall prevention. In 2006, Dr. Kevern became a Sport Certified Specialist by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. He served as the team physical therapist to the University of South Carolina Upstate athletics department. Most recently, Dr. Kevern was the Director of Clinical Education for High Point University’s DPT Program.
Dr. Kevern has presented at numerous national, regional, and local meetings and symposiums in the area of orthopedics predominantly on upper extremity sports injury and prevention. He is an active member of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, ASSET, the ASSET Evidence-Based Medicine Committee, and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Kevern has two peer-reviewed publications in the area orthopedics:
Kevern, MA; Beecher, M; Roa, S. Reliability of Measurement of Glenohumeral Internal Rotation, External Rotation, and Total Arc of Motion in Three Different Test Positions. Journal of Athletic Training. Sept/Oct 2014: Vol 49: (5).
Krupp, RJ; Kevern, MA; Gaines, MD, Kotara, S; Singleton, SB. Long Head of the Biceps Tendon Pain: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment. JOSPT. Feb 2009: Vol 39: (2).
Dr. April Kevern
Dr. Kevern has over 10 years of experience as a PT. She received her B.S. in exercise science from Campbell University in 2003. In 2006 she graduated from Duke University with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Dr. Kevern is an experienced orthopedic physical therapist and completed Maitland training for manual therapy and is dry needling certified. She also received advanced training in pelvic Health and treats men and women of all ages with pelvic health concerns, including chronic pelvic pain, urinary, and bowel incontinence, pre and postnatal pain/dysfunction, post pelvic and abdominal surgery management, and sexual dysfunction.
Over her career, Dr. Kevern has also worked extensively with neurological disorders including vestibular dysfunctions, balance disorders, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and more.
Originally from Charlotte, April loves living in Asheville with her husband, Mark, and their 2 children. She enjoys reading, exercise, connecting with other Asheville moms, travel, and hiking with her family.
Dr. Rachel Shumate
Rachel Shumate is an Asheville native. She has lived in other parts of NC, but this is her home. Rachel initially graduated college with a degree in photojournalism and Spanish.
As a photographer, she photographed weddings, team portraits, college advertising and assisted the team photographer for the Charlotte Hornets (Bobcats at the time) and the Carolina Panthers. Rachel also taught Spanish to middle school students for 5 years.
She then chose to pursue her doctor of physical therapy degree which combines her love for creativity, problem solving and education.
Rachel primarily treats orthopedics and loves working with all ages. She also has her certification in dry needling.
Her goal is to empower people to take care of themselves and help them live their best life! When Rachel is not working, she loves reading, redoing furniture, hiking, exercising and hanging out with her husband and 3 pups.
Western Carolina University
Dr. Annie Barnes
PT, DPT, SCS
Annie Barnes was born and raised in coastal Georgia. She received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Georgia in 2014 and went on to attend Armstrong StateUniversity’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, from which she graduated in 2018.
She has become board-certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and earned her certification in dry needling. She has served a variety of patients, to include orthopedic and sports injuries, spinal cord injuries, work-related injuries, chronic pain, post-partum recovery, and most recently patients recovering from COVID-19. She has also spent an extensive amount of time working with active-duty military, veterans, and military dependents.
Annie enjoys treating each patient as an individual by taking the time to get to know and understand their lifestyles, hobbies, and personal interests in order to personalize each patient’s plan of care and physical therapy treatments.
When she isn’t working, Annie enjoys spending time with her husband, their 2 children and their dog, Murphy. She enjoys weightlifting, riding her peloton, traveling, and exploring the outdoors with her family.
Armstrong State University
Originally from Washington state, Kimberly has been in NC for over 20 years, and has called the Asheville area home for 9 years. She graduated Cum Laude from Appalachian State University with a BA in Studio Art. Kimberly has worked in healthcare for nearly 7 years and is a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP). She loves interacting with and building relationships with patients. When not working, she enjoys making art, watching movies, and sampling local cuisine with her partner.
Appalachain State University
Nathaniel is one of our front desk associates who works remotely to help with front and back-office tasks in the clinic. As a virtual assistant, he is trained to take on insurance verification, prior authorizations, claims, billing and medical scribing tasks. He is a licensed physical therapist in the Philippines. In his leisure time, he enjoys visiting his home health patients, reading finance books, and going to the gym for a workout.